Rangers deal Hayes to Jets for Lemieux, draft picks

Rangers deal Hayes to Jets for Lemieux, draft picks

Rangers deal Hayes to Jets for Lemieux, draft picks

The Jets reportedly have obtained a top-six forward ahead of Monday's National Hockey League trade deadline but it doesn't involve the much-rumoured Mark Stone returning home to Winnipeg. "I would say we met, or hopefully did better, than our expectations". The Winnipeg Jets have made their move on the trade market to get them over the top in the playoffs.

The Winnipeg Jets have acquired centre Kevin Hayes from the New York Rangers in exchange for winger Brendan Lemieux, a 2019 first-round draft pick and a conditional draft pick.

The most immediate evaluation of the return will come with Lemieux, who is expected to be at practice on Tuesday and then in the lineup for Wednesday night's Garden match against the Lightning. He can become an unrestricted free agent this summer. "The 22 year old is 6'1" and weighs 210 lbs, he also has 11 points on the year for the Jets. The team could potentially make two additional first-round selections based conditional picks from Dallas and Tampa Bay. The third-round pick becomes a first-round pick if Zuccarello re-signs with the Stars. It also helps the Rangers position themselves better to add promising players through the draft. They should have at least five picks in the first two rounds and at least 10 in all.

It's another step forward in the Rangers' rebuild.

They're into that process already. Lemieux impressed with the Manitoba Moose (AHL) last season, compiling 19 goals and 24 assists in 51 games. Chytil, who was drafted as a center, has been mostly a left wing this season.

Lias Andersson, the No. 7 pick in the 2017 draft, hasn't found his niche yet, but that could be as much about opportunity as it is about role for the 20-year-old center.

Hayes broke out last season for a career-high 25 goals in 76 games. Hayes has two goals and eight assists in 34 playoff games.

"It definitely felt like every hour I was going somewhere new", Hayes said.

In return for McQuaid, New York picked up Julius Bergman and fourth and seventh-round draft picks. "A lot of opportunity for our team to get better, hopefully in a relatively quick fashion".

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